Fund gives ‘Special’ handout

FFF Bayern hands out $6.7 mil for 15 projects

COLOGNE — “Special,” starring German thesp Til Schweiger, has been given E600,000 ($768,000) by Bavarian film funding body FFF Bayern, which handed out $6.7 million for 15 projects at its recent session.

Gregor Schnitzler helms the comedy about a man’s chase for a basketball star’s autograph to please his stepson.

Schnitzler also received the largest single allocation of $1.44 million for “Die Wolke” (The Cloud), about a nuclear-reactor accident. Pic was penned by director Marco Kreuzpaintner.

Other pics that got handouts include Marcus H. Rosenmueller’s sports drama set between 1936 and 1952, “Schwere Jungs”; Uli Baumann’s army comedy “Die Bundeswehrkomoedie”; Vivian Naefe’s girls pic “Die Wilden Huehner” (The Wild Chicks); and a documentary about late filmmaker Bernhard Wicki (“Morituri”).

FFF Bayern recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of its public-private partnership with Bavarian Bank Fund. The cooperation, unique in Germany, started with $12.8 million and has since grown to more than $18 million. It has subsidized 29 films, including Oscar winner “Nowhere in Africa.”